Not a Happy New Year for Some: Qantas Set to Backslide in 2006

Disabled passengers will not get on certain Qantas flights beginning Feb. 2007

SYDNEY, Australia (eTurboNews) -- Australian airline Qantas is under scrutiny because of a plan to restrict some passengers with disabilities on three types of aircraft.

In its defense, Qantas said cargo doors on its Boeing 737, 717 and Aerospace 146 planes are too small to fit some electric wheelchairs safely.

The airline has claimed that its staff have been injured trying to work around the problem according to a published report.

They will stop accepting passengers in electric wheelchairs on those aircraft from February.

But the secretary of Tasmanians with Disabilities secretaty Robyn Wilkinson told reporters the airline must stop discriminating and work harder on practical solutions. "There has to be a way of accommodating the needs of people with disabilities," he was quoted as saying.

"The ultimate should be something like one or two seats can be removed from the aircraft on a temporary basis and that people can actually board in their wheelchair, and have the wheelchair clamped down in position."

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